Postdoctoral Position in Fish Nutrition and Physiology. Closing Application Date: 8/12/2017.

DUTIES

One post-doctoral position is available to explore the effectiveness of using the tissues of a harvested invasive aquatic crustacean as a novel ingredient in feed for rearing freshwater salmonids in a hatchery setting. The post-doctoral fellow will play a leadership role in a project aiming to identify a locally-sourced substitute for fish meal for fish hatcheries, thus reducing pressure on declining marine fish species that are harvested for use as fish food, while also reducing the density of an invasive species from a natural habitat. Research will be carried out in collaboration with two industrial partners: Piscine Energetics Inc., in Kelowna BC, and the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, working with their Fraser Valley Trout Hatchery in Abbottsford BC. The selected candidate will be spending at least 40% of their time on-site at the locations of these industrial partners. The project will examine the effectiveness of alternative feed formulations on the survival and growth of freshwater salmonids from the fry stage through to the adult stage. The primary duties of the postdoctoral fellow will include: (1) regular consultation with, and reporting to, team partners, (2) planning and carrying out fish nutrition and growth experiments, (3) analyzing the biochemical composition of fish food ingredients and of fish tissues, in particular the analysis of lipid profiles, total protein and digestible amino acids, and vitamins, and (4) analysis of data and publication of peer-reviewed articles.

QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. in fish nutrition or a related field. Experience in fish rearing and experimentation. Expertise in some or all of the following analytical techniques: lipid profile analysis using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS); total protein analysis using near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy; profiles of digestible amino acids using gas chromatography; thiamin analysis by gas chromatography; carotenoid analysis using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) capillary electrophoresis. The following will also be considered assets: demonstrated ability to produce publications and conduct independent research; ability to take a leadership role within a small research team; student mentorship experience; strong interpersonal and communication skills.

TERMS OF POSITION

Anticipated Start Date: 1 January 2018

This position is conditional on approved funding. If approved, the position will be jointly funded through NSERC Engage and Mitacs Accelerate grants, with a salary of $45,000 per year plus full university benefits: Medical Services Plan, Extended Medical Services Plan, Dental Plan Insurance, Grouplife Insurance, Accident Death and Dismemberment Insurance, Short Term and Long Term Disability Benefits, and Pension Plan Enrolment. This is a one-year position that may be renewed for a second year according to the availability of funds and performance of the candidate.

To learn more about living in Kamloops and about Thompson Rivers University please visit our Web Site, “Living in Kamloops”: https://www.tru.ca/hr/careers/living-kamloops.html

Additional questions can be sent to Dr. Louis Gosselin (lgosselin@tru.ca) 

TO APPLY

Closing Application Date:      8/12/2017

Applications will be reviewed commencing the closing application date and may continue until the position is filled.

Apply online through the TRU website: https://tru.hua.hrsmart.com/hr/ats/Posting/view/10227

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Open position for a PhD project with a 3-year grant Breeding and movement strategies in Golden Eagles. Application deadline: 1 December 2017.

Research question:
To determine and model the anthropogenic impacts faced by golden eagles during breeding and migration

Team: Nicolas Lecomte (Université de Moncton), Jérôme Lemaître (Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, Québec), Jean-François Therrien (Hawk Mountain & Université de Moncton)

Qualifications and skills:

  • Team spirit and initiative
  • GIS
  • Good organizational skills and rigour in scientific reasoning
  • Good writing skills (English and French)
  • A plus : Master of R software
  • A plus : Be ready to enroll in a Ph.D program starting in Winter 2018/Summer 2018

Support: One 3-year grant and free registration to the PhD in Life Sciences at Université de Moncton (free registration for Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of Canada). Grant application to e.g. NSERC will be encouraged.

Field work: Boreal and arctic sites

Eligibility: Must have completed a MSc in biology, ecology, geomatics, applied mathematics, or any related field.

How and when to apply?
The application documents are: a letter of motivation (maximum one page), a CV including the contact information of two references (maximum 2 pages), and all academic transcripts. Applications must be sent to Nicolas Lecomte (Nicolas.Lecomte@umoncton.ca) until December 1, 2017.

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PhD position: Ecohydrologic function in mountain wetlands – biodiversity and water budgets in wetlands of the Upper Bow Basin

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student to join the Mountain West Futures project, funded under the Global Water Futures program. The successful applicant will work in the laboratory of Rebecca Rooney (University of Waterloo) and will enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology-Water graduate program under the Collaborative Water Program, supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.

Starting date: May 1, 2018

Stipend: 3 years at $25,000 CDN/yr

Climate change and altered land use are increasing the risks of both flooding and drought in Canada. To protect downstream property and agricultural productivity we must consider the role of natural assets, like wetlands, as a flexible and low cost alternative to built infrastructure like levees or bypasses. Natural wetlands have great potential to mitigate the downstream effects of extreme precipitation events through water retention, reduced flow velocity, and other normal hydrologic functions. Wetlands also provide additional value-added ecosystem services including acting as biodiversity hotspots and deep carbon stores, not to mention opportunities for recreation and tourism.

To understand the contribution of wetlands to ecosystem services there is no better laboratory than the upper Bow River. Concerns about flood risk skyrocketed after the 2013 flood in the upper Bow, which caused $6 billion in damages. Yet drought risk may be of even greater concern – the Bow supplies water for 46% of the irrigated acres in Alberta as well as nearly 1.2 million residents of Calgary.

The student will have the opportunity to explore how logging activity in the Foothills Region threatens the coupled vegetation diversity and hydrologic function of these wetland systems. Characterizing the vascular plant and bryophyte communities and their relationship to water table stability across a gradient in logging exposure, the student will work closely with hydrologists, landscape ecologists, and remote sensing specialists in a collaborative environment.

To be eligible, applicants must have successfully defended and submitted their MSc thesis prior to the proposed start date. Applicants should have strong interests in ecohydrology and peatland ecology and a background in plants and mosses. They should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Applications must include a cover letter, C.V., unofficial transcripts, and the contact information of three references. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to: Dr. Rebecca Rooney, rrooney@uwaterloo.ca, with PhD-MWF-YourName in the subject line.

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PhD position: Linking land and water: modeling causes and consequences of nutrient loadings to Lake Erie

Exciting opportunity for a Ph.D. student to join the Lake Futures: Enhancing Adaptive Capacity and Resilience of Lakes and their Watersheds project, funded under the Global Water Futures. The successful applicant will work in the laboratory of Rebecca Rooney (University of Waterloo) co-advised by Jan Ciborowski (University of Windsor) and will enroll in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biology- Water graduate program under the Collaborative Water Program, supported by the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.

 Starting date: April 1, 2018 Stipend: 3 years at $25,000 CDN/yr

Our ability to effectively manage aquatic ecosystems is limited by our ability to monitor system inputs or to predict the complex environmental responses. Both conceptual and mechanistic models are important tools in helping to understand ecological relationships in aquatic ecosystems and to create hypotheses about causal pathways that can improve natural resource management.

 Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCMs) offer an approach that summarizes qualitative and semi-quantitative information. The student will have the opportunity to evaluate, refine and develop FCM models to improve our understanding of the associations between land-based drivers of eutrophication (agriculture, rural and urban development) and biological manifestations of concern in Lake Erie (harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, Cladophora fouling, botulism.

The model pathways showing the strongest associations between drivers and biological response variables will identify candidate indicator variables whose association with drivers will be subsequently calibrated using machine learning algorithms. Identification of appropriate indicators is a major knowledge gap constraining management of eutrophication-related issues in Lake Erie. This project offers a substantial opportunity for the student to work collaboratively the Lake Erie Management community to plan and undertake co-operative monitoring in Lake Erie and its watersheds.

To be eligible, applicants must have successfully defended and submitted their MSc thesis prior to the proposed start date. Applicants should have strong interests in quantitative ecology and a background in food webs or nutrient dynamics of aquatic ecosystems. They should be highly motivated, with the ability to work independently and collaboratively, and possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

Applications must include a cover letter, C.V., unofficial transcripts, and the contact information of three references. All documentation submitted must be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to: Dr. Rebecca Rooney, c/o Tatjana Milojevic at GWF-UW@uwaterloo.ca with PhD- LFWP3-YourName in the subject line.

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Tenure-track position in ECOLOGICAL/EVOLUTIONARY INFORMATICS, Department of Biology at McGill University. Application deadline: December 18, 2017.

The Department of Biology at McGill University invites applications for a tenure-track position in ECOLOGICAL/EVOLUTIONARY INFORMATICS. Applicants with strength in the development and/or application of quantitative (computational and mathematical) approaches to the analysis and interpretation of large evolutionary/ecological datasets, from genomes to ecosystems, are encouraged to apply. We anticipate filling this position at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and a substantial record of research excellence. Postdoctoral experience is preferred. The successful applicant will be expected to conduct a vigorous program of independent, externally funded research, to communicate research findings in both professional and public forums, and to contribute to teaching at both undergraduate and graduate levels. A competitive startup package as well as access to a wide range of shared research facilities are available. Salary negotiable, according to qualifications and experience.

Applicants should forward a curriculum vitae, short statements of research and teaching interests, and 3 representative publications in a single PDF file (filename = lastname-firstname-ECOEVOINFO.pdf) to ecoevoinfo.biology@mcgill.ca. Applicants should also arrange to have 3 letters of reference submitted directly to this email address. All correspondence should include Ecological/Evolutionary Informatics Search and the applicant’s name in the subject line. The application deadline is December 18, 2017.

McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Post-doctoral Wetland Scientist position

Project title: Wetland bioindicator development in Alberta’s wetlands in the oil sands region for long-term wetland monitoring.

Stipend: $65,000 CND/yr guaranteed for 2 years

Start date: 5 January 2018 or as soon as a suitable candidate is found

This project represents a unique opportunity for a post-doctoral student to analyse a large existing dataset to help develop a long-term wetland monitoring program. The successful applicant will delve into the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute’s (ABMI) biodiversity dataset on plants that spans the entire boreal region of Alberta (~700 sites) to identify candidate wetland sites that span a gradient in human activity (mining, logging, oil and gas development).  This will include bogs, fens, swamps and open water wetlands.  The PDF will use this database to identify potential vegetation indicators of oil sands development impacts on regional wetlands and propose monitoring tool(s) for application in a long term monitoring program.  The PDF will test an existing Driver – Pressure – Stressor – Impact – Response (DPSIR) model of how wetland plant communities respond to oil sands mine activities.

The PDF will then validate the tool(s) and DPSIR model through field work carried out at a combination of synoptic and intensive sites, where collaborators are directly measuring the influence of oil sands mine activity on probably pathways of biological impact: e.g., mine dewatering, reduced hydrologic connectivity, aerial deposition of N and other contaminants. This will support a mechanistic understanding of how biological indicators from the plant (bryophyte and vascular) communities respond to oil sands mining.

The successful applicant will be based at the University of Waterloo, in the lab of Dr. Rebecca Rooney and will be co-supervised by Alberta Environment and Parks scientist Dr. Danielle Cobbaert, who is leading wetland monitoring program development in Alberta.  S/he will collaborate extensively with ecohydrologists (e.g., Drs Rich Petrone & Jon Price) and peatland ecologists (e.g., Drs Kelman Weider & Dale Vitt) and remote sensing scientists (Drs. Laura Chasmer and Chris Hopkinson, U. Lethbridge) who are studying the hydrologic and aerial deposition mechanisms driving biological change in response to oil sands exploitation.

To be eligible, the applicant must have received a PhD degree prior to commencing the fellowship.  S/he must have a background in wetland ecology, with experience in botany and field ecology.  Experience working with large ecological datasets in R is an asset. The PDF will be expected to prepare manuscripts and reports, thus English proficiency is required.  Must also be willing and able to carry out field work in remote locations in northern Alberta during the summers of 2018 and 2019.

Application packages should include a cover letter, C.V., unofficial transcripts, and the contact information of three references, and two recent publications. All documentation submittedmust be assembled in a single PDF file and sent to: Dr. Rebecca Rooney at rrooney@uwaterloo.ca with PDF-RWM-YourName in the subject line.

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PhD position: forest ecology, forestry.

A fully-funded Ph.D. position is available in Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. The Ph.D. candidate will examine whether and why increasing the functional diversity of tree species increases the productivity of forests. In particular, the candidate will use national forest inventory data and a trait-based analysis of competition to assess which functional groups of trees are more productive when grown together. Mixtures that may be more productive include needleleaf-broadleaf mixtures, evergreen-deciduous mixtures (including evergreen broadleaf species), and endomycorrhizal-ectomycorrhizal mixtures. Finally, the effect of mixing will be assessed across broad edaphic and climatic gradients in order to determine whether the benefit increases with decreasing productivity, as predicted by the stress gradient hypothesis.

Qualifications: 1) sincere interest in forest ecology, 2) strong quantitative skills, 3) excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Applicants should send a letter of enquiry and curriculum vitae to John Caspersen (john.caspersen@utoronto.cahttp://forestry.utoronto.ca/caspersen-j/). Applications will be reviewed beginning January 15th, but the positions will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

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MSC POSITION IN MARINE INVERTEBRATE ECOLOGY THOMPSON RIVERS UNIVERSITY AND BAMFIELD MARINE SCIENCES CENTRE

The Gosselin lab (http://faculty.tru.ca/lgosselin/) at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops, British Columbia, is seeking applicants for an MSc position.  Research in our lab focuses primarily on the ecology of a highly vulnerable and critical period of life of marine invertebrates, the Early Benthic Phase (EBP). Our work, examining animals such as barnacles, snails, mussels, tubeworms and crabs, aims to understand the role of the EBP in regulating the abundance and distribution of their populations.

The upcoming MSc project will examine the mechanisms responsible for the high levels of mortality during the EBP.  The study will involve field collection and experimentation in pristine coastal habitats as well as laboratory experimentation.  Research work will be carried out primarily at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (www.bamfieldmsc.com) on beautiful Vancouver Island, and at various field sites in Barkley Sound.

Qualifications

We are seeking an individual with a keen interest in marine invertebrate ecology and a strong background in ecology and evolution.  Prior course work or work experience in population ecology, aquatic invertebrate biology, or ecological field techniques are not required but are considered assets. Any direct research experience you may have acquired, for example by completing an Honours or Directed Study program during your BSc or by working as a research assistant with a professor at your university or in a government laboratory (e.g. Fisheries and Oceans, Environment Canada), is also viewed favourably. To qualify, applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a BSc in Ecology, Animal Biology, or a related field.

Funding
The research project will be supported by an NSERC Discovery grant. Stipends to support this MSc position will be provided through Graduate Research Assistantships and opportunities for Teaching Assistantships.   The student will be admitted to the Environmental Sciences MSc program at Thompson Rivers University (www.tru.ca/science/programs/msces.html).

Start date

The intended start date is January 2018.

Applications will accepted until the position is filled. Interested individuals should send a letter of interest, describing academic interests and career aspiration, a CV listing qualifications, and transcripts via email to:

Dr Louis Gosselin
Department of Biological Sciences
Thompson Rivers University
lgosselin@tru.ca

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PhD & MSc POSITIONS IN AQUATIC INVASION ECOLOGY – McGILL UNIVERSITY. Closing date: January 5, 2018.

The Ricciardi Lab at McGill University (http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/ricciardi/) is recruiting graduate students at the MSc and PhD levels to investigate the influence of climate warming on the ecological impacts of invasive freshwater fishes and crayfishes. These are fully funded positions for 2 years (MSc) to 4 years (PhD).

In collaboration with Dr. Nick Mandrak’s lab (University of Toronto), we are starting a project that will determine how warming may alter the effects of invasive predators on native prey populations and how it might favour the competitive dominance of invasive species. Students will have the opportunity to conduct lab experiments and field studies in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River system, as well as in lakes and rivers in eastern North America and western Canada. Our students are members of interuniversity research centres in Quebec, and our lab has collaborative links with Queens University Belfast and the Centre of Invasion Biology in South Africa.

Applicants must meet the requirements of the graduate program of the Department of Biology (http://biology.mcgill.ca/grad/gradstudies.html ). Additional qualifications for these positions include independent research experience and academic training in aquatic ecology or field ecology. Expected start date would be September 2018, with preference given to students who can arrive and begin field work by mid-August.

Interested students should apply as soon as possible.
Send applications or requests for information to Prof. Anthony Ricciardi (tony.ricciardi@mcgill.ca). Applicants should provide (1) their c.v., (2) names and contact information of at least two referees, and (3) a short (<1 page) statement of research interests and relevant experience. Preference will be given to Canadian students (or permanent residents), owing to funding requirements; however, international students with exceptional academic records could be eligible for scholarships.

The students that we select must apply to the Biology department by March 2018 for admission into the graduate program in September.

Closing date of applications is January 5, 2018.

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Postdoctoral Position in Marine Genomics Dalhousie University

Support is available for a postdoctoral position at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) for research on the genomics of commercially exploited marine fishes. The successful candidate will have a background in bioinformatics and genomics, including genome assembly, and will be co-supervised by Paul Bentzen (paul.bentzen@dal.ca) and Daniel Ruzzante (daniel.ruzzante@dal.ca; http://ruzzante.ca ). The project will involve collaboration with Fisheries and Oceans, Canada (DFO).

The position is available for 2 years, starting as soon as a suitable candidate is found. The successful candidate will hired for one year, renewable for the second year pending satisfactory performance. Applicants please send a statement of research interests, CV, copies of up to 4 publications and the names and e-mail addresses of two people willing to act as academic references to: Daniel Ruzzante (daniel.ruzzante@dal.ca) and Paul Bentzen (paul.bentzen@dal.ca). Review of applications will start December 1.

Informal inquiries are welcome.

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